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YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

YITZHAK RABIN : CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION FORETOLD © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • Last year, architect-turned-filmmaker Amos Gitai directed Rabin, the Last Day, an investigation into the assassination, on November 4, 1995, of the Israeli Prime Minister, after a demonstration for peace and against violence in Tel-Aviv. The assassination cast a cold and brutal light on a dark and terrifying world—a world that made murder possible, as it suddenly became apparent to a traumatised public. For the Cour d'honneur of the Palais des papes, using the memories of Leah Rabin, the Prime Minister's widow, as a springboard, Amos Gitai has created a “fable” devoid of formality and carried by an exceptional cast. Four voices brought together to create a recitative, “halfway between lament and lullaby,” to travel back through History and explore the incredible violence with which the nationalist forces fought the peace project, tearing Israel apart. Four voices caught “like in an echo chamber,” between image-documents and excerpts from classic and contemporary literature—that bank of memory that has always informed the filmmaker's understanding of the world. For us, who let the events of this historic story travel through our minds, reality appears as a juxtaposition of fragments carved into our collective memory.

    Amos Gitai
    In 1973, when the Yom Kippur War breaks out, Amos Gitai is an architecture student. The helicopter that carries him and his unit of emergency medics is shot down by a missile, an episode he will allude to years later in Kippur (2000). After the war, he starts directing short films for the Israeli public television, which has now gone out of business. In 1980, his first documentary, Bayit (The House), a portrait of Israelis and Palestinians living or having lived in the same Jerusalem house, is censored. Two years later, the controversy created by Field Diary, shot before and during the invasion of Lebanon, drives the filmmaker to exile, a situation that will inspire his first fiction features, Esther Forever (1985), Berlin-Jerusalem (1989), and Golem, the Ghost of Exile (1991). Amos Gitai returns to Israel in 1993, the year of the signature in Washington of the Oslo I Accord, promoted by Yitzhak Rabin. This marks the beginning of a period of intense activity during which he directs documentaries and fiction films—creating an erudite aesthetic dialogue between the two genres—as well as plays, and supervises exhibitions. For the past forty years, Amos Gitai has been building a body of work that is at once universal, politically conscious, and optimistic, intrinsically marrying the intimate, the political, and the poetic to pursue a deep quest for hope, without losing his critical edge.

  • Distribution

    Text Amos Gitai and Marie-José Sanselme
    Direction Amos Gitai
    Lights Jean Kalman
    Music Jean-Sébastien Bach, Claudio Monteverdi, Györgi Ligeti
    Chorale direction Johan Riphagin

    Avec Hiam Abbass, Sarah Adler and the musicians Edna Stern (piano), Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello), the Lubéron chorale and the video maker Einat Weitzman

    Production

    Production Agav Films
    In partnership with RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya

    The show will be broadcast on France Culture, the July 10 at 22:00.

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